At some point, the energy transition should make electricity in Germany not only green, but also cheap, at least that is an old promise. At the beginning of 2021, however, it was not that far: comparison portals on the Internet shocked with the news that German consumers are now paying the highest basic supply tariffs in the world at an average of 33.07 cents per kilowatt hour. The main cost driver besides the EEG surcharge was the expensive conversion of the energy networks. But consumers can react: If you leave the basic tariff of your supplier or change the electricity provider completely, you can save more money than ever before. The comparison portal Verivox has calculated for each German region how much money remains in the household budget when switching to the cheapest provider. The results are available to WELT.